King’s Fall would be cooler with more Oryx – Iron Banter: this week in Destiny 2

Just about every week brings something new Lot 2whether it’s story beats, new activities, or interesting new combinations of elements that allow players to destroy each other in the Crucible. Iron Banter is our weekly look at what’s going on in the world of Destiny and an overview of what catches our attention in the solar system.

With a few weeks to spend in the King’s Fall raid, it’s fair to say it’s an excellent addition to Destiny 2. While many players will find King’s Fall familiar from its original release in 2015, the whole experience feels a little tighter. on and cleaner. King’s Fall has always been a great raid, and this feels like the best version of it.

I also want to thank Bungie for clearly heeding my previous complaints about exotic drops, as the King’s Fall Exotic, Touch of Malice, only fell for me on my fourth run. In fact, it looks like someone at the developer threw an RNG switch on my behalf on Thursday because damn.

But I can’t help but walk a few new people through King’s Fall, but I feel sad about what the heist is missing. It starts by dropping you on the Dreadnaught – one of the coolest locations in Destiny history – with no commentary or context. You explore the strange decaying interior of the ship, tear through the court of Oryx and eventually destroy the Taken King himself. There are some beautiful visuals, some hard-fought wins, and some incredible moments. But there is no context.

The Dreadnaught is one of Destiny's coolest locations, but it feels a little flimsy revisiting it in King's Fall.
The Dreadnaught is one of Destiny’s coolest locations, but it feels a little flimsy revisiting it in King’s Fall.

When it launched in Destiny 1, King’s Fall was the pinnacle of events, the finale of The Taken King’s story campaign. Players had already battled Oryx’s influence in the solar system for hours before teaming up on the attack to take him down once and for all. They had spent time on the Dreadnaught, unlocking its secrets, and coming to understand its threats. And they had seen the story unfold where Oryx destroyed the fleet of the Awoken, an event that gave the expansion and its villain a tremendous amount of terrifying gravity.

In Destiny 2, King’s Fall is mostly just fun gameplay, a tidy look at Destiny’s past like you might enjoy a painting or statue in a museum without knowing anything about its origin or creator.

That’s a shame, because King’s Fall in particular and The Taken King in general, even today, are huge influences on the story of Destiny 2. Much of The Witch Queen’s story campaign is about Oryx and his place in the pantheon of warlord gods of the Hive. . As you learn about the Hive’s past, you’ll learn a lot about the plans and personality of Savathun, The Witch Queen’s main adversary. There is a lot of history here and it is still relevant to the game even today.

Before Bungie released King’s Fall, when players were still in the dark about which raid would be taken over from the original Destiny, I wrote about how I hoped we’d see Wrath of the Machine make a comeback because of the potential story considerations it would bring with it. . And when Bungie announced that Vault of Glass, Destiny’s very first raid, was being revamped and re-released in Destiny 2, I also got excited about what returning to that space could bring to the game’s story. However, in the case of both King’s Fall and VoG, the raids exist almost like parallel universes, bubbles in their own right. It’s extremely austere glimpses into Destiny’s past, like peering through a keyhole and only seeing what’s right behind the door in front of you.

The history of Oryx is extremely important to Savathun and The Witch Queen, but despite re-watching our victory over Oryx, the raid doesn't teach us anything about him.
The history of Oryx is extremely important to Savathun and The Witch Queen, but despite re-watching our victory over Oryx, the raid doesn’t teach us anything about him.

It feels like a sadly missed opportunity. Bungie did something killer things with Destiny 2’s story lately, especially in ways that it’s dipped into different aspects of the game’s lore to find cool story hooks and bring to the fore elements that have been dragging on for years. Destiny 2 is an extremely dense game, especially when it comes to story, and King’s Fall is something that could have contributed immensely to the experience and understanding of Destiny 2 for players who weren’t there in the first game or who are halfway through – flow over the years. It’s already hard for new players to really know what’s going on, and King’s Fall could have been a chance to catch up with them.

All of this comes with the caveat that it’s impossible to tell from the outside what kind of effort it would take to bring King’s Fall (or Vault of Glass or Wrath of the Machine) into the story in a way that feels right and makes sense. You can imagine how, without the Dreadnaught or The Taken King story, things can get messy as you try to get old content into the game in a logical way. So for that part Bungie’s position is understandable – and I’d rather have great old raids available in Destiny 2 in this form than not at all.

But I wish the raids re-enacted would be made more important to today’s Destiny 2, not just as a fun thing to rewatch, but if history or current story is true. There’s potentially a lot to gain from playing The Witch Queen and then diving into King’s Fall to understand the relationship between Savathun and Oryx, but it’s just not in the game. Like much of Destiny 2’s story, getting that context requires a lot of extra work from players to find and read knowledge, watch videos, and otherwise. not play Destiny 2. As good as King’s Fall is, I wish it could function as part of Destiny 2’s current world, rather than just a throwback to the past.

What are your feelings about King’s Fall, its place in Destiny 2, and the way original Destiny content is folded back into the game? Feel free to sound in the comments.

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